Goodreads ~ Jake Buckman’s relationship with his sixteen-year-old son, Ryan, is not an easy one, so at the urging of his loving wife, Pam, Jake goes alone to pick up Ryan at their suburban movie theater.
On the way home, Ryan asks to drive on a deserted road and Jake sees it as a chance to make a connection. However, what starts as a father-son bonding opportunity instantly turns into a nightmare. Tragedy strikes and with Ryan’s entire future hanging in the balance, Jake is forced to make a split-second decision that plunges them both into a world of guilt and lies.
Without ever meaning to, Jake and Ryan find themselves living under the crushing weight of their secret, which threatens to tear their family to shreds and ruin them all.
Jake spent years building his financial planning business so that left the raising of their son, Ryan, to his wife, Pam, who is a judge. Jake wants to make up for those lost years so is trying to be the good dad now. Driving home one night he lets Ryan drive, even though he doesn't have his driver's license. Ryan hits and kills someone on the dark road and Jake has to make the decision whether to report it to the police or leave hoping no one had seen them. Either way, his decision will have serious ramifications on their entire lives.
I thought it was an interesting premise and posed an interesting dilemma ... what would you do if you hit killed someone accidentally but could get away with it? Or do you accept the consequences of your (or your son's since you let him drive with no license) actions?
It's written in third person perspective with a focus on Jake. I thought the writing was okay but could have been tighter as there is a lot of "It's my fault" ... "No, it's my fault" ... "No, it's my fault" ... "No, it's my fault" ... "No, it's my fault".
I didn't find the characters particularly likable. I thought Jake was weak and he let Pam run over him. Pam was bee-och ... she was never nice to anyone, was very controlling and was always in judge mode. At one point, Ryan has to ask her to stop being a judge because he needs a mother.
BTW, the picture on the cover on the book has nothing to do with the story. Huh?!